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Festive fun! 10 family activities to do this Christmas

From a winter light trail to ice skating and even meeting with jolly Mr Claus himself - discover the top festive things to do locally this Christmas week!

Smeds and the Smoods, Curve until 31 Dec

Soar into space with this exciting adaptation of the award-winning book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. On a far-off planet, Smeds and Smoos can’t be friends. So when a young Smed and Smoo fall in love and zoom off into space together, how will their families get them back?

The Polar Express, Leicester, 23 Dec

Tom Hanks voices seven different characters in this wonderful animation which tells the story of a young boy’s Christmas Eve journey aboard the Polar Express, a magical train that’s bound for the North Pole. Blissful festive escapism, based on the much loved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. Tickets £5 (+ 50p admin fee).

Lunch with Santa, Welland Vale Garden Centre, Orchard Cafe, Oakham

Still time to book a last minute lunch with the jolly man in red. Enjoy a most festive lunch while Santa takes a break from his workshop to join your little ones for a festive bite. After lunch, sit and enjoy a festive story read by Santa before receiving a little special gift to take home. 11am and 1pm sitting. £15 per child and £12 per adult.

Visit Santa, Windmill Park Farm, until 24 Dec

Enjoy a range of Christmas activities including a visit to Santa’s grotto, an elf village, a themed animal barn, snow machines, reindeer feeding and much more at this Muddy award-winning family attraction.

A Boy Called Christmas, Showcase Odeon, Leicester, until 23 Dec

The origin story of Father Christmas is re-imagined in this wonderful festive flick. An ordinary young boy called Nikolas sets out on an extraordinary adventure into the snowy north in search of his father who is on a quest to discover the fabled village of the elves, Elfhelm. Taking with him a headstrong reindeer called Blitzen and a loyal pet mouse, Nikolas soon meets his destiny in this magical, comic and endearing story that proves nothing is impossible…

A Winter’s Trail, Loughborough, Whatton House until 30 Dec

Enjoy an immersive and enchanting journey through Charles Dickens’ enduring tale, A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge himself will guide you through this amazing winter wonderland –  a unique experience mixing theatrical performances with a magical walk through a stunning location.

Christmas Pop Up Ice Rink, Leicester until 3 Jan 2022

Perfect your pirouette over in Leicester’s indoor pop-up ice rink in Jubilee Square. The theme this year is ‘Festive Adventure’ so you’ll be able to enjoy everything from a Christmas disco to a Selfie Station plus crêpes, waffles, German sausages and glühwein! From £8.

Sleeping Beauty, De Montfort Hall, 15 Dec – 3 Jan 2022

When an evil fairy curse causes the Princess to prick her finger on a spinning wheel and fall into an enchanted sleep, can anyone rescue her from the magical slumber before it is too late? This family pantomime will be jam-packed with songs, dancing, silliness and lots of slapstick. Starring Coronation Street’s Wendi Peters, children’s TV Presenter Maddie Moate and X-Factor finalist, Andy Abraham.

Interactive Festive Trail, Leicester, until 6 Jan

Penguins and Polar Bears are popping up all over the city in a brand new augmented reality trail. Families can enjoy it in the city and at home and play a game of ‘Snowball Dodge,’ unlock a secret door that gamers can walk through into a magical Winter Wonderland where they’ll find polar bears and penguins and there’s even a virtual Christmas Express train. The app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play, just search ‘Leicester Interactive Adventure.’

Roti Moon Upstairs at the Western, Leics, until 2 Jan

When Diya asks her Dada (granddad) ‘what’s that big, bright, round thing in the sky?’ she doesn’t like the answer! Dada says his mother flipped her roti too high and it landed in the sky! That’s ridiculous! So Diya sets out to find the truth. She learns lots of things about the moon and makes some exciting new animal friends on the way. 11am or 1pm performance. Tickets £8 for adults, £4 kids.

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